On our cover: rudbeckia 'Marmalade'

On our cover: rudbeckia 'Marmalade'


Conjure up some sunshine this month with our October autumn special. Late season rudbeckias and grasses bring the garden to life, while spectacular seedheads create natural sculpture to enjoy – read our features on how to choose the right plants for your seasonal showcase.

CREATE DRAMA WITH GRASSES Bring your autumn garden to life with the rich colours, tactile flowers and movement of versatile grasses

MEET THE COMEBACK QUEENS Conjure nostalgic memories with the gentle blowsy blooms of hydrangeas

AN IMPRESSION OF AUTUMN With the waterlilies spent, see Monet’s beloved Giverny garden in its most atmospheric season – full of dahlias and nasturtiums

GROW YOUR OWN NATURAL SCULPTURE As petals fall let shapely seedheads take centre stage

WHAT TO DO THIS MONTH Plant a winter basket, divide perennials, lift tender plants, create living screens plus how to take easy root cuttings

HOW TO SOW SWEET PEAS Our guide to starting off your free seeds ready for flowers next summer

DISCOVER AUTUMN’S PASTELS Mix blue gentians, pink colchicums and grasses for this stylish patio display

ADD SEASONAL SIZZLE WITH NERINES Candy-pink nerines burst like fireworks above a cloud of sedum

READER GARDENS Three fabulous gardens where foliage, prairie planting and perennials take centre stage – including the garden of multiple Chelsea-gold-medal-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith

GARDEN TO VISIT Head gardener Chris Flynn describes highlights of the restoration at Dyffryn gardens

RUSTLE UP AN AUTUMN FEAST…for the birds. We take a look at the nutritional value of high fat and carb-rich bird foods

PRESERVE THE HARVEST Try our fruity recipes to make the most of a garden glut

ASK GARDEN ANSWERS Your questions answered by our gardening expert Geoff Stebbings – including plant ID and Weed it or feed it?

MAKE THE MOST OF TRICKY SHAPES Design guru Dawn Isaac suggests some clever ways to transform a triangular plot with horizontal lines, fence-hiding climbers and strategic trellis

WIN A LAWN MOWER! Discover how the Limited Edition Hayter Platinum Harrier Autodrive Mower, worth £719, could be yours

BUYERS GUIDE TO LEAF TIDYING Garden blowers and vacs that will make light work of leaf tidying in autumn

STEP OUT IN STYLE Choose from these fab and funky Wellington boots to keep your feet warm and dry in the garden this season

READER OFFERS Great deals of lily bulbs, ornamental grasses and clematis ‘Winter Beauty’

PUZZLES & PRIZES Win a STIHL leaf blower and Hayloft vouchers worth £50 in our crossword and wordsearch competitions

GARDEN VIEW Gardening on the telly is a turn off for Helen Billiald – especially Bake Off Gardening  

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